Eric Adams says NYC migrant wave could reach 75,000

The continued influx of migrants into the Big Apple could soon hit 75,000, Mayor Eric Adams predicted on Friday — as he compared the impact on the city to that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The staggering number would represent a staggering nearly six-fold increase from the estimated 13,600 who have poured into the city since the spring, straining the city’s emergency shelter system to near what Adams has called its “breaking point.”

During an appearance on Brooklyn-based internet radio station Caribbean Power Jam, Adams said the influx of migrants is “up to 13,000 now.”

“And we could be anywhere from 50 to 75,” he said.

“We were able to classify the treatment as a humanitarian crisis.”

Adams also defended his decision to open the first of at least two tent cities for migrants and his proposal to accommodate migrants on cruise ships.

Migrants are waiting to be transferred to another accommodation.
Migrants awaiting transfer to another shelter in NYC.
A view of the makeshift hospital on East Meadow Lawn in Central Park during the coronavirus pandemic on April 12, 2020
A view of the makeshift hospital on East Meadow Lawn in Central Park during the COVID pandemic on April 12, 2020.
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“Now some people are criticizing us putting up the tents and cots for proper heating and all the things we do,” he said.

“People have forgotten what we did in the COVID emergency. We had a hospital in Central Park during COVID. We had a boat here – the hospital boat – that was here and parked on our river during COVID.”

Adams added, “We did everything we had to do to get through this emergency in a humanitarian way. And we are doing that now.”

“It’s really smart and impressive how our team has rotated and changed based on these emergencies we’re facing and multiple times,” he said.

New York Mayor Eric Adams
Adams said on Friday the influx of migrants is up to 13,000.
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“And you don’t see the collapse of our ability to twist and change in these ways. You see how we show the professionalism of our operations and the men and women of the officers who work 12 and 13 hour days every day to meet those demands.” Eric Adams says NYC migrant wave could reach 75,000


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